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Campsite reservations are accepted and first come, first served sites are also available.

All campsite reservations must be made the BC Parks reservations system. When reservations are not available all campsites function as first come, first served.

Vehicle-accessible camping

The campground features paved roads to 78 sites, including seven double units and 12 tent sites. Purden Lake can also accommodate larger RVs. Campsite reservations are accepted and first come, first served sites are also available. 

Vehicle-accessible camping fee$22 per party per night
BC seniors’ rate (day after Labour Day to June 14 only)$11 per senior party per night

For information on the BC seniors’ rate, see the camping fees page. 

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Accessibility information

Accessibility information is available for this park.

Drinking water
Cold water taps are located throughout the park. Taps are shut off during the off-season.
There is a playground located in the campground.
Boat launch

A concrete boat launch, complete with parking allows easy access to productive angling for rainbow trout and burbot. For boaters and waterskiers, a separate beach has been developed adjacent to the sandy swimming area.


A sani-station and dump is available during the collecting season. The sani-station is located at the campground entrance.  The fee is $5 per discharge.


Campfires are allowed and campfire rings are provided at each campsite. We encourage visitors to conserve wood and protect the environment by minimizing the use of fire and using campstoves instead. Firewood can be purchased in the park or you may bring your own wood. Fees for firewood are set locally and may vary from park to park. Limited burning hours or campfire bans may be implemented. 

To preserve vegetation and ground cover, please don’t gather firewood from the area around your campsite or elsewhere in the park (this is a ticketable offence under the Park Act ). Dead wood is an important habitat element for many plants and animals and it adds organic matter to the soil.

Picnic areas

A large day-use area near the beach features 48 picnic tables, changehouses and a log picnic shelter complete with a wood stove. Swimming in the clear waters of Purden Lake and sunbathing on the sandy beach are favoured activities of visitors.

Pit or flush toilets
Pit and flush toilets are located throughout the park.
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Lakeside walking trails are surrounded by a gallery of diverse plant life. For your own safety and the preservation of the park, please obey posted signs and keep to designated trails. Shortcutting trails destroys plant life and soil structure. 


Please follow safe swimming practices and remain within the designated area. An abrupt drop-off is marked with floats. There are no lifeguards on duty.  

Canoeing and kayaking are popular on Purden Lake.

Fishing for rainbow trout and burbot is popular at Purden Lake Park. Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence.

Wildlife viewing

Visitors may observe beaver, snowshoe hares, squirrels and porcupines. Bald eagles and ruffed grouse may be seen in the park and the haunting call of the common loon often breaks the evening silence.

Pets on leash

Pets and domestic animals must be on a leash at all times. Pets are not allowed in park buildings or beach areas except for the area set aside for pets on the west end of the day-use area (Boaters beach) as indicated by signs. You are responsible for their control, behaviour and must dispose of their excrement. Backcountry areas are not suitable for dogs or other pets due to the potential for problems with wildlife.


Bicycles must keep to roadways. Bicycle helmets are mandatory in British Columbia.


Please note that bicycles with electric assist motors (e-bikes) are permitted on signed or designated trails within Purden Lake Park, provided they meet the definitions and criteria for e-bike use as outlined in the BC Parks cycling guidelines.

There are waterskiing opportunities in this park. For boaters and waterskiers, a special separate beach has been developed adjacent to the swimming area.
There are windsurfing opportunities in this park.

Portions of this park are open to hunting. All hunters should refer to the current BC Hunting and Trapping Regulations Synopsis for regulations and further information.